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  1. Jason Motte expected to begin season on disabled list with elbow strain

    Mar 23, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

    Jason Motte Getty

    The Cardinals will have to get by without their closer for the start of the season. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jason Motte was diagnosed with a “mild strain” of his right elbow following an MRI. The Cardinals plan to shut him down for at least the next week, so with…

  2. Cardinals’ lack of action could be their undoing

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny, Chris Carpenter

    It’s hard to blame the Cardinals for staying the course. Even with free agents Kyle Lohse and Lance Berkman set to depart, St. Louis ended 2012 with a roster that already looked like a winner entering 2013: Rotation: Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal Bullpen:…

  3. Jason Motte sums up the Chris Carpenter news

    Feb 5, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Cardinals closer Jason Motte‘s reaction on Twitter after hearing the bad news about Chris Carpenter sums things up pretty well: Well poop!!! — Jason Motte (@JMotte30) February 5, 2013

  4. Cardinals and Jason Motte reach a two-year deal

    Jan 22, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Jason Motte has two years of arbitration eligibility. Or, I should say, he had two years of arbitration eligibility. They’re gone now, as he and the Cardinals signed a two-year deal buying them out. Motte posted a 2.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and struck out 86 batters while walking only 17 in 72 innings last season while saving 42…

  5. Arbitration filings: Chase Headley’s $10.3 million request leads way

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    The Padres’ Chase Headley, the Reds’ Shin-Soo Choo and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are among those asking for big raises in arbitration.

  6. Game 7 battle favors Giants over Cardinals

    Oct 21, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants' Belt hits a broken bat single against St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Rzepczynski in the eighth inning during Game 6 of their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco

    With their backs against the wall, the Giants have been unstoppable this month, winning five straight elimination games against the Reds and Cardinals. It’s an impressive streak, no doubt. The Cardinals would likely be the first to admit it. After all, they’re riding a streak of six straight wins in elimination games themselves. Now one…

  7. Cardinals will try to finish off the Giants in five

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:43 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    Is everyone all geared up to see the NL’s fifth best team and the AL’s seventh best team square off in the World Series? Of course, the Cardinals and Tigers have genuinely looked like baseball’s best teams during October. And if some would prefer neither had reached the postseason because they weren’t all that good…

  8. Jason Motte makes the two-inning save look easy against Giants

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Jason Motte,Yadier Molina

    Jason Motte had never had a two-inning save before the Cardinals asked him to get six outs in a two-run game after Wednesday’s long rain delay. Not only did he do the job, but he made it a breeze, retiring every Giant he faced as St. Louis won 3-1. In so doing, Motte became just…

  9. Cardinals win rain-soaked Game 3 of NLCS against Giants

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

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    It took over six hours — due to a rain delay that lasted more than three — but the Cardinals topped the Giants by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday evening in Game 3 of the NLCS at a wet Busch Stadium. Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse was far from sharp, yielding seven hits and a season-high…

  10. Giants making a game of it, down 6-4 after six

    Oct 14, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Gregor Blanco, Angel Pagan

    After going down 6-0 to the Cardinals in the top of the fourth, the Giants came right back and knocked Lance Lynn out of the game in the bottom of the inning, closing to within 6-4. However, they’ve been unable to make up any additional ground the last two innings, leaving them with a two-run…

  11. NLCS Preview: Cardinals vs. Giants

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Giants have in store for us in the National League Championship Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in San Francisco: Lance Lynn vs.…

  12. Cardinals complete stunning comeback against Nationals to advance to NLCS

    Oct 13, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

    Cardinals celebration Getty

    After the Nationals took an early 6-0 lead over the Cardinals through three innings, Game 5 had all the makings of a laugher. It was anything but. The Cardinals chipped away throughout and scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to complete a stunning comeback, topping the Nationals 9-7 for the right…

  13. The Nationals add some insurance, lead the Cardinals 7-5 going into ninth inning

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki AP

    The Nationals just added some valuable insurance in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Kurt Suzuki smacked an RBI single up the middle to push the score to 7-5 going into the top of the ninth. Jason Motte allowed back-to-back singles to Adam LaRoche and Michael Morse to begin the inning, but bounced back…

  14. Daniel Descalso cuts Nationals’ lead to 6-5 with solo homer

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

    Daniel Descalso Getty

    Oh boy. We have a one-run game in Washington. Daniel Descalso hit a leadoff home run off Tyler Clippard in the top of the eighth inning to cut the Nationals’ lead to 6-5. After hitting only four home runs in 143 games during the regular season, he has two during the NLDS. He would have…

  15. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 7, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Nationals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) vs. Washington Nationals (98-64) The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in St. Louis: Gio Gonzalez vs.…

  16. Chipper Jones sadly goes out with a whimper

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones just wrapped up one of the better final seasons in major league history, hitting .287/.377/.455 with 14 homers and 62 RBI at age 40. Unfortunately, the all-too-brief postseason wasn’t nearly as kind. Jones botched a double-play ball, contributing to a three-run fourth inning, and went 1-for-5 at the plate…

  17. Anger in Atlanta after controversial infield-fly rule call

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez Getty

    Craziness during the bottom of the eighth inning in Atlanta, as left field umpire Sam Holbrook called the infield-fly rule on a pop-up in shallow left field off the bat of Andrelton Simmons. However, it was far from a routine play. The controversial play was some 30-40 feet into the outfield and the ball ended…

  18. Ichiro, Jason Motte are your players of the week

    Sep 24, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners

    I get the press release each week, don’t post about the Players of the Week each week. But it’s slow now and if I don’t post about this I’m just gonna put up more political crap and then no one wins. Well, except me because I love trolling people, but you all would hate it.…

  19. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 23, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    The Giants are in. The Reds are in. Now we wait for the rest of the postseason picture to fully develop. The Cardinals took a step toward the National League’s second Wild Card spot on Saturday at Wrigley Field, bouncing back from a crushing Friday loss to capture a 5-4 extra-innings victory over the Cubs.…

  20. Cardinals blow late lead, lose in Chris Carpenter’s return

    Sep 21, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    The good news for the Cardinals is that Chris Carpenter, originally thought to be out for the season after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, turned in a successful five-inning stint Friday in his 2012 debut. The bad news is that the bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth, and the Cards went on to…

  21. Cardinals outlast Dodgers to reclaim wild card lead

    Sep 16, 2012, 9:12 PM EDT

    Jon Jay

    This weekend’s series in Los Angeles settled nothing, as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers in 12 innings Sunday to split a four-game series. Shelby Miller, long the Cardinals’ No. 1 pitching prospect, earned his first major league victory and John Ely, the Dodgers’ ninth pitcher of the day, took the loss in a 5-2 game…

  22. Cardinals beat Mets after controversial call in ninth inning

    Sep 3, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Andres Torres

    Andres Torres had a leadoff double erased on appeal to start the top of the ninth Monday as the Cardinals edged the Mets 5-4. First-base umpire David Rackley ruled that that Torres did not touch the bag as he rounded it on his way to second base, giving the Cardinals a big out in a…

  23. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 2, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

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    In a preview of a potential postseason matchup, the Cardinals topped the Nationals 10-9 on Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C., snapping a four-game losing streak while moving 1 1/2 games ahead of the Pirates (who lost) and the Dodgers (who won) in the National League Wild Card standings. David Freese, the big hero from last…

  24. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 17, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Braves 6, Padres 0: Chipper Jones with two mammo yicketties on Chipper Jones bobblehead night. One of his homers was his 2,700th career hit. Say what you want about the guy, but he has always had a flair for the dramatic and has always risen to the occasion. Even kinda lame occasions like bobblehead nights.…

  25. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

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